Make no mistake about it, Tom Brady is unquestionably the G.O.A.T. because of the fact he has won six Super Bowls during his career, which is more than any other quarterback in the history of the National Football League. At 42 years-of-age, he has led the New England Patriots to a 7-0 record to start the season, one in which they look to be clear-cut favorites to represent the AFC in the final game of the season. Still, it’s recognizable that the 20-year veteran is regressing compared to his production in seasons past, which is leading to speculation throughout media circles that this may be his final season as New England’s signal-caller.
During the Patriot’s embarrassment of the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, NFL Insider and ESPN analyst Adam Schefter speculated on Brady’s future saying, “Let’s boil this down to the basic facts once again. Let’s look at some simple things: Has he put his home for sale? Yes. Has his trainer put his home for sale? Yes. Has he set up his contract to void after this season to become a free agent? Yes. So if he’s selling his home and his trainer is selling his home and he’s avoiding his contract? What does that tell you? He’s setting up to move on.”
The take on Brady’s future has sparked a media frenzy, and as of Wednesday morning all of the major outlets including ESPN were analyzing Schefter’s prediction.
The action even sparked a reaction from Brady, who when appearing on WEEI’s radio show The Greg Hill Show addressed the speculation and said, “I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years, you kind of feel like your responsibility is to always fulfill the contract. For me, it’s been good because I’m just taking it day by day and I’m enjoying what I have. I don’t know what the future holds, and the great part is, for me, football at this point is all borrowed time.”
According to ESPN, Brady also added, “One day I’ll wake up and feel like that will be enough. When that day comes, that day comes. I don’t know if it will be after this year. I don’t know if it will be five years from now. But I don’t have to determine those things right now either.”
So between Schefter and Brady’s comments, what exactly can be made of all this?
The fact that Brady and his trainer are BOTH selling their homes definitely tickles the mind, or the possibilities rather, of whether or not Tom will finally move on or hang up his cleats once-and-for-all. Is father time knocking on his door? Or, is he ready for a separation from long-time coach Bill Belichick?
The contract is set to void after this season, which will allow him to test the open market and possibly a warmer climate if he decides to continue playing. His older, brittle bones surely ache while playing in the harsh winters of Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Brady, undeniably loves Patriots owner Robert Krafft but doesn’t seem to share the same admiration for Belichick. It’s quite possible that the long-time coach is bordering obsession, and that his determination for perfection as he approaches win 300 is driving a wedge between himself and the quarterback. A few years ago, their were rumors the relationship was strained and that the outcome of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade-fiasco left Belichick upset, and Brady offended.
In a fairytale world, both the quarterback and coach will fade into the sunset after winning another Super Bowl this season. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case as Bill is firmly planted and shows no signs of letting up. Meanwhile, Brady is starting to sound like every pro athlete who knew in the back of his mind that time was running out, and that a departure was inevitable.
I’m co-signing with Schefter that Brady is working towards an exit, being ABSOLUTELY one-hundred percent in agreement. The only uncertainty that resonates within me is whether or not “TB12” will be filing retirement paperwork with the players union or trading in his jersey for a different set of colors.
How about a nice set of Honolulu Blue rags that will be plenty-thawed-out inside the enclosed stadium of Ford Field, as a member of former New England coach Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions?
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